Hotel Le Marais
What We Love
- Perfect French Quarter spot on Conti Street, between Bourbon Street’s debauchery and Royal Street’s antique shops
- Free: WiFi, a welcome drink at Vive! bar and a simple continental breakfast
- Shady brick courtyard with a small saltwater pool
What To Know
- Despite its proximity to one of the biggest parties on the planet, this is no party hotel
- The hotel bar is small and best for a happy hour sip by the pool
- No room service or restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A resemblance to Starwood’s boutique single-letter brand is undeniable, down to the violet hues, oversize armchairs and glossy finishes in the diminutive lobby and bar; the huge black-and-white photos by Bonita Waesche of the Louisiana bayou provide just enough sense of place. Outside, a leafy brick courtyard mixes Big Easy charm — foliage and gas lamps, with wrought iron and plantation shutters above — with mod patio furniture around a small pool and mood lighting after dark.
Bed and Bath
Most of Le Marais’s 66 guestrooms wrap around the courtyard, though some look out over Conti Street, and are a serene oasis from the madness outside. The palette of violet, rose and black in the lobby carries over into the sparkling guestrooms, where it’s limited to striped carpeting and accent pillows. Dark wood furniture adds a touch of elegance, and an iPod/iPhone dock, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a large desk with an ergonomic chair and speedy WiFi keep you connected to the modern world. Behind a sliding door the black tile bathroom features a walk-in shower, mounted magnifying mirror and waffle robes.
So much of your time in the Big Easy is spent drinking, often at a bar or around a dinner table, but sometimes wandering down the street. Le Marais’s bar, Vive!, hosts a lovely happy hour where you can sip a Sazerac by the pool — or in the pool, if you wish.
In the Area
New Orleans is the home of the cocktail, and every sip comes with a story. Start your boozy odyssey off with the classics and see where they take you. Napoleon House was once offered up as a refuge to the exiled Petit Caporal and today is known for its Pimm’s Cup, an Anglophile fave mixing a splash of lemonade and soda with Pimm’s No. 1. Then get dizzy on Vieux Carrés (rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, benedictine and bitters) at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar & Lounge, a former haunt of Tennessee Williams, among other writers. A new breed of New York City mixologist migrated south after Hurricane Katrina to stake its claim as the city reinvents itself. SoBou pairs mixological magic by Brooklyn ex-pat RyeGirl (née Abigail Deirdre Gullo, formerly of Red Hook’s Fort Defiance) and food by the culinary team behind NOLA’s legendary Commander’s Palace. Sidle up to the bar and start with her Taylor Bird Sazerac (a Pernod absinthe rinse with cognac, Sazerac rye, bitters and a twist).
How to Get There
As soon as I walked in the door, Pierre was there to welcome me with a great smile and positive energy. I was concerned about a business package getting to the hotel and he had it ready to give me. The room was clean and the view was of a serene courtyard. At the same time the location was superb right in the middle of the French Quarters! This hotel and team more than beat my expectations!
A small hotel with a great location - within walking distance to everything in the French Quarter. A great staff - everyone very friendly. Very comfortable rooms, especially the beds. Would definitely stay there again.
Found this to be a very nice hotel,nice rooms good staff excellent position in french quarters not too noisywould stay again.The breakfast is a bonus continental + hot food starts the day off hotel is within walking distances to most attractions which is very useful.
Great location, excellent staff. Considering how close to Bourbon street it was, the room was very quiet. I would stay here any time I go to NOLA. While I didn't eat the breakfast, there was a pretty good spread daily.
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful stay at Hotel Le Marais for our 5-day getaway in New Orleans in late November. this hotel is conveniently located a half-block from Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Despite its location in the heart of the action, it was relatively quiet at night, and we had no problems sleeping even though we were in a room directly facing Conti Street (you can hear some of the music blaring outside, but it was so muffled that it did not bother us at all). The room was comfortable and of average size with a King bed and one easy chair. We liked the comfort of the oversized shower stall. The breakfast was standard fare, but always nice and hot and filling. The highlights of this hotel are its terrific central location and the friendliness and cheerfulness of the staff. Every staff member greeted us with a friendly "hello" wherever we encountered them! I would definitely return to the Le Marais on my next trip to New Orleans!